Proverbs Index: Teens
Proverbs for Teens -- Pearls of Wisdom from Syvum
What are Proverbs?Simply put, Proverbs are "Pearls of Wisdom". Proverbs necessarily need to:
Where do Proverbs come from?
Proverbs come from two primary sources: the common and the wise. These two sources are not really distinct. Something common and popular has often been documented by the wise, and something written by the wise has often been liked and freely used by the common man. The latter is the case where quotations graduate to proverbs.
Proverbs have largely originated from the traditional and collective wisdom of mankind. By way of examples,
Many English proverbs owe their origin to the Bible, e.g., A soft answer turneth away wrath.
In addition to the Bible, several proverbs are believed to have their origin in the works of William Shakespeare. It is difficult to be certain whether these proverbs were truly invented by Shakespeare or were already in existence before or around his time. Some examples follow.
Famous literary works have contributed to a lot of proverbs as illustrated below.
Other proverbs are attributed to particular individuals, presumably wise and learned ones, e.g., They also serve who only stand and wait appears as the last line in John Milton's sonnet on his blindness.
Some English proverbs have their origin in other languages like French, Latin and Spanish. The English versions may have developed in parallel, or been borrowed from other languages. For instance, He gives twice who gives quickly is a translation of Bis dat qui cito dat (Latin). When the proverbs have not been translated and are even today more popular in their original form, they can be readily recognized to have been borrowed from another language. Here are some examples.
How are Proverbs to be interpreted?Proverbs are to be interpreted primarily in two ways: literally and metaphorically.
Examples of Proverbs that contain a universal truth and are to be interpreted literally are:
Examples of Proverbs that apply to a host of situations and are to be interpreted in a broad metaphorical sense (not just literally) are:
How does one gain mastery over Proverbs?
You can gain mastery over Proverbs by attempting the associated activity for Teens in the Syvum Family Fun Zone. You will be required to fill in the missing word to complete the proverb. On clicking the "Score" button, your answers will be evaluated. You can try answering another time those questions you got incorrect. At any time, clicking the "Score and Show Answer(s)" button will allow you to evaluate your answers and view the correct answers.
There are over 750 proverbs in the Proverbs Activity for Teens in the Syvum Family Fun Zone.
To allow you to learn them in a systematic manner, the Proverbs are categorized based on their starting letter (ignoring The, An and A) as given below.
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